Home Improving the Roof
We need shingles, masonry nails, hammer, brackets, drill, bits, soft shoes, ladder, slide guards, and a few other tools and materials if you intend to replace an entire roof.
However, if you merely want to repair your roof a few simple steps could clear you of leaks. The first thing you must consider when repairing or improving roofs is safety. Safety should come first in any choice, task, or job you do. Thus, the height of a roof and the slope often scares homeowners into hiring professionals, but the fact is if you put safety first and follow a few steps anyone of us are capable of repairing or improving a roof.
Coming from a woman that at one time was terrified of heights, you could never at this time, get me to convince you to climb a roof and repair the problems. However, after a few plane rides, going on a roof my self-watching, and helping repair or re-shingle the roof, I learnt that the scary part is over once you put safety first and let your fears take a hike.
If you roof has extensive sloping or difficult areas to repair, sure you will need an expert since these people are trained. This is part of putting safety first. Thus, before climbing the roof put on your soft shoes and harness. The harness and shoes will protect your from falls. You will need a ladder, preferable an extension ladder and slide guards with a broom. You need to clean the area before starting the repair procedures. Finally, once you locate the problem area you will remove the old shingle and replace it with a new shingle, unless it is patchable. Take note that you will need to use the masonry nails to secure the trusses, shingles, and rafters.
The brackets are used to mount the shingles in place while separating the material. The screws will mount the brackets.
If you have to re-roof your entire home it is probably wise to hire-in an expert, but for the most part repairs are simple. Again, getting past your fears and putting safety first is the key to repairing your roof.
Home improvement is saving your home from further damages. Thus, if you have a leaky roof it will only leak down onto your flooring, which in turn will rot the area. Thus, over time you will need to replace your flooring and roof if you do not repair when the problem occurs.
Sometimes you can hire in labors that are experienced with roofs to repair the problem with little expense, however, in most instances you will pay a fortune. Thus, learning to improve your home and repair your home can help you save a fortune.
At what time you take to improve or repair your home you are preserving or increasing equity. The equity on your home determines the amount of loan you could get or else the price you would get if you sold your home.
Before I forget, let me point out that before you repair or improve your home check with the city ordinance since you may need a building permit. Most cities charge around twenty bucks for the permits verses hundreds for fines and costs paid out from those that do not uphold the ordinance laws.
Again, put safety first especially when repairing or improving areas that poses severe dangers. Roofs, plumbing, and electricity are few of the most dangerous areas of any home.
One of the bigger problems with repairing roofs is finding the leaks. At what time a roof begins to leak the water will travel through channels before it becomes apparent where the leak is coming from. Thus, by the time you climb the roof to repair you should have traced the leakage within the home. The clues are noticeable inside, including noticeable leakage areas at chimneys, valleys, vents, and so forth. Outside you can notice signs of leakage by looking at the dormers, shingle fasteners, or soil stacks.